Sainte Foy Ski Resort

This charming resort is nestled in the Tarentaise Valley, but unlike its famous neighbours of Tignes and Val d’Isère, Sainte Foy is quiet and unspoilt – it still however is home to some fantastic skiing.

Although there are only four lifts, the 43km of varied slopes make this an attractive resort for any skier or snowboarder – especially as crowds are rare. However, there is much more to the ski area than the marked trails and this is really where Sainte Foy comes into its own. There are fantastic touring opportunities directly from the lift system and the powder often lasts much longer here than further up the valley, plus access to the mega-resorts of Tignes, Val d’Isère, Les Arcs, La Plagne and La Rosière is incredibly quick and easy.

This is precisely why this is one of Ski Club Freshtracks’ favourite resorts. All seven of our holidays heading out to the resort this winter will make the most of the incredible access to the Tarentaise region and five will have you on skins to access the region’s best powder.

Our Sainte Foy Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Pros

Great off piste potential, within and away from the lift system

Ideal base to explore the rest of the Tarentaise

Really good value (especially lift pass, accommodation, food)

Cons

Limited local ski area, but off piste makes up for this

Two of the four lifts are still slow

Little to do away from the slopes

Sainte Foy Skiing and Snowboarding

The four lifts climb from the village at 1550m to an altitude of 2622m, meaning most of the slopes are snowsure and a long vertical drop can be gained from top to bottom. For beginners there are some good nursery slopes in the village and progression on to longer blues is good – three of the four lifts have summit to base blues. Intermediates will also enjoy these long, winding slopes and the network of reds, which can be joined together to make over 1000m of vertical.

Despite its size, Sainte Foy has some fantastic opportunities for advanced and expert skiers and boarders. In particular, the “Natur” routes off the L’Aiguille chairlift are a popular place to head after fresh snowfall. By clipping on a pair of touring skins, your options suddenly become even bigger – book on to a Ski Club Freshtracks holiday to really make the most of the fantastic local terrain. And don’t forget, the rest of the Tarentaise is within easy reach of Sainte Foy, with ski pass discounts available at other resorts if you hold a six day or longer local pass.

  • Total Pistes: 43km
  • Blue: 23%
  • Red: 63%
  • Black: 14%
  • Lifts: 4
  • Altitude: 1550m – 2622m

Sainte Foy Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Sainte Foy Resort

Sainte Foy is a complete resort in miniature, but it has everything you could need including a decent selection of bars and restaurants. The resort’s buildings are all built in the traditional Savoyard style of wood and stone making this an attractive, traditional resort – certainly in comparison to Tignes or Les Arcs.

As such a compact, quiet resort, this makes it an attractive option for families looking to escape the crowds and sprawl of the nearby resorts. This does unfortunately mean that the après scene is rather quiet, but there are some good local options for a quiet drink at the end of the ski day.

Season Dates

14th December 2019 - 13th April 2020

 

How to get to Sainte Foy

The transfer to Sainte Foy is shorter than for the bigger resorts up the valley. Chambéry is the closest airport at around one and a half hours away, whilst Geneva sits approximately two and a half hours away. Several companies will offer shared transfers, especially from Geneva.

A great option is to travel by train, catching the Eurostar to the town of Bourg St Maurice in the valley before grabbing a quick bus transfer up to the resort. Check out the Ski Club’s Guide to travelling to resort by train.

  • Chambéry airport: 1.5 hours (driving)
  • Geneva airport: 2.5 hours (driving)
  • Snowtrain: 8-10 hours from London
  • Calais: approximately 12 hours driving (618 miles)

Sainte Foy Contact Details

Resort Discounts

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Ski To Door
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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